|SignWriting List Forum|
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith" |
Date: Mon Oct 18, 1999 2:46 pm
Subject: Re: sign for German/Germany
> "The old ASL sign for Germany with the index finger at the head is
> "representing the helmets from World War I"...at least that is what I
> am told. And I was told that Deaf people in Germany felt offended by
> that sign used in the USA - ..."
I shared an apartment this summer with Christian Rathmann, a Deaf
guy from Germany, and he used the index-finger-to-the-forehead sign, but
kept correcting himself and using the other sign. If I understand right,
the sign is not offensive in Germany, but in fact bears a resemblance to
an ASL sign meaning "horny," so Americans felt funny using it to refer to
people in "polite company." Is this true?
Angus B. Grieve-Smith
The University of New Mexico